How to get wifi?

Hi all,

I’ve been trying to get wifi on my desktop, as my Vodafone router keeps dropping wifi on my windows 8.1 laptop so am trying to get wifi onto my desktop (KDE) to prove to Vodafone that it’s the router that’s misbehaving.

I’ve been connected to the Internet via cable to my Vodafone router without any problems.

So any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

  1. You haven’t told us anything about your wireless hardware. Assuming its supported (no drivers and/firware needed) then there should be a wireless network device node reported…
/sbin/ifconfig -a

If not, then you’ll need to provide the chipset details for it. Only move on to step 2 if your hardware is ready to configure.

  1. Are you using NetworkManager or wicked? The former has its own connection editor where you can configure the connection, while the latter is done through YaST > System > Network Settings. In the ‘Overview’ tab, click on the wireless device concerned and ‘Edit’. Folow the prompts given. It should be possible to scan for the AP or enter the SSID manually.

The openSUSE Basic Networking reference may be of further help to you with respect to configuring a wireless connection…
https://doc.opensuse.org/documentation/leap/reference/html/book.opensuse.reference/cha.basicnet.html

Hi deano_ferrari,

Here’s the output from ‘/sbin/ifconfig -a’

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:18:E7:15:99:2E            BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000           RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:24:1D:D9:83:01            inet addr:192.168.1.3  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0          inet6 addr: fe80::224:1dff:fed9:8301/64 Scope:Link          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1          RX packets:13482 errors:0 dropped:8 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:9184 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000           RX bytes:6638327 (6.3 Mb)  TX bytes:1335587 (1.2 Mb)
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback            inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1          RX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0           RX bytes:208 (208.0 b)  TX bytes:208 (208.0 b)

Thanks,

Hi Deano_ferrari,

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:18:E7:15:99:2E            BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000           RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:24:1D:D9:83:01            inet addr:192.168.1.3  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0          inet6 addr: fe80::224:1dff:fed9:8301/64 Scope:Link          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1          RX packets:13482 errors:0 dropped:8 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:9184 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000           RX bytes:6638327 (6.3 Mb)  TX bytes:1335587 (1.2 Mb)
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback            inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1          RX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0          TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0           RX bytes:208 (208.0 b)  TX bytes:208 (208.0 b)

Thanks,

I assume the eth0 and eth1 network device nodes relate to wired ethernet hardware?

Hardware details?

/usr/sbin/hwinfo --wlan

If that yields nothing, run the following…

/sbin/lspci --nnk|grep '\02' -A3

Hi Deano_ferrari,

Appears there is a fault with the laptop :frowning: It connects for about 2-3 minutes, then the wireless connection is dropped.

Ah well, time to bin the old laptop & buy something new :wink:

Thanks

Well, you never shared your hardware details, so hard to make a comment about what might be the problem here. Power saving options impact some drivers and there are solutions for some drivers. Interference, and low RSL can also impact on wireless stability, but can take time and effort to diagnose/resolve.